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March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March has been designated as Brain Injury Awareness Month. This will transpire in an attempt to increase understanding of the specifics surrounding brain injuries, while also providing support for individuals who experience these conditions.

This also presents the perfect opportunity to review the symptoms, causes, and treatments for traumatic brain injuries which are often referred to as TBIs. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has defined traumatic brain injuries as a disruption in the normal function of your brain.

This interruption in your usual brain activity often occurs as the result of a bump, jolt, or direct impact to the head. On some occasions, it can also take place due to other issues such as a cut or a bruise. If any of these scenarios take place, it can result in chemical changes that emerge within the brain. While anyone can encounter a TBI, children and older adults are most susceptible to this unwanted condition.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has published a Morbidity and Mortality report stating that nearly 2 million children required emergency visits due to a TBI from 2010- 2016. These injuries were attributed to sports or recreation activities, which include organized sports and school playground activities. The CDC has also stated that in 2014 alone, around 288,000 TBI related issues required hospitalization, with in excess of 23,000 visits involving children. 

Some individuals who encounter a TBI can also be forced to contend with side effects that linger for the remainder of their lives. These issues can include challenges with their memory, their ability to function normally, and can also involve an impact on their emotional capabilities.

Causes Of A TBI

The aforementioned impact to the head can occur as the result of involvement in various sports or recreational activities. This can include participation in baseball, football, soccer, hockey, boxing, lacrosse, and other sports that contain a high impact. TBIs can also develop due to a fall, or from a collision that takes place during an automobile accident. Any form of violent contact can also cause a TBI, as can a direct blow to the head due to any other circumstances.

Symptoms Of A TBI

There are multiple types of concussions. Grade 1 concussions are not as severe, while Grade 2 concussions can be considered to be moderate. A Grade 3 concussion is the most serious form of this condition and can often result in a loss of consciousness.

Symptoms of a Grade 1 TBI include dizziness, blurred vision, feeling lightheaded, headaches, and a state of confusion. Other indications of a mild TBS include nausea, vomiting, extra sensitivity to light and sound, a change in sleeping habits, or difficulty when attempting to concentrate.

Anyone who is contending with a more serious form of concussion might be experiencing convulsions, seizures, a loss of consciousness for an extended period of time, slurred speech, repetitive nausea or vomiting, or continual headaches. Other indications of a Grade 2 or 3 TBI include numbness in the legs or arms, a loss of concentration, restlessness, confusion, enlarged pupils, or difficulty when attempting to awaken from sleep.

Reducing The Risk Of A TBI

You can reduce the risk of encountering a TBI by making sure that your seatbelt is fastened whenever you ride in a motor vehicle. This is also the case for your child or any passengers that are accompanying you in the vehicle. Your child should also be secured with a child safety seat -depending on his or her age.

You can also safeguard your child from an unwanted TBI by making sure that he or she always wears a helmet when riding a bike. Helmets also provide protection for anyone who is attempting to skateboard or participate in various contact sports.

It will be beneficial for the safety of older adults to eliminate any potential hazards that could cause a fall in their living areas. Handrails should be included in all bathrooms, and all bathtubs or showers should also contain non-slip mats.

When To Seek Medical Attention

Any adult who experiences drowsiness, confusion, restlessness, agitation, or unusual behavior should seek immediate attention. This is also the case for any adult that experiences seizures, convulsions, or pupils of different sizes. 

Any child that experiences a blow to the head and is exhibiting any of these symptoms should receive emergency care. This is also the case for any child that is unable to stop crying.

In addition to the aforementioned symptoms, it is also wise to seek medical attention if you are unsure whether you are experiencing a TBI, but are concerned that the condition might have developed. A physician can determine whether you or your child are contending with a TBI, and will also diagnose the degree of seriousness that is involved with a concussion.

What A Doctor Will Do

When you visit the physician, he or she will perform a complete evaluation in order to determine your specific symptoms, why they might have occurred, and how impactful they could ultimately be.

Your doctor will ask a series of questions concerning any symptoms, and any activities that might have caused a TBI. He or she will also test your vision, hearing, coordination, and reflexes.

It is possible that your physician will also test your concentration and memory skills. Additional testing might be ordered by your doctor, including a CT or MRI. This can help complete a diagnosis regarding your situation.

If you or your child has been diagnosed with a TBI, it will be important to discuss the specific steps that must take place during the recovery process, before you or your child can return to normal activities.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Are Here To Help

It is important to visit a doctor if you or your child experienced a blow to the head that has created concern, or you have noticed any change in behavior. Emergency medical care is also recommended if you observe any of the symptoms that were listed previously.

If you believe that you or your child may be dealing with the effects of a TBI, the professionals at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center have a proven track of commitment in the management and prevention of head injuries.

The team at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center also believes that participation in athletics is important to the development and health of our children, and our specialists remain dedicated to making your child or teenagers’ participation in sports a safer endeavor.

We also remain committed to the management and prevention of head injuries for all other members of our community. That is why our staff receives continued education and training with the goal of remaining up-to-date with all updates on effective treatments for these conditions.

Rapid Med’s Therapies For a Rapid Recovery 

  • BCTT Exercise Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Oculomotor Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular Therapy

Rapid Med’s Preventative Strategies And Performance Enhancement

  • Balance Training
  • Field of Vision & Fast Eye Movement Enhancement
  • Neck Power Enhancement
  • Screening for Potential Genetic Concussion Susceptibility
  • VOR Enhancement

Rapid Med’s Steps To Concussion Management

  • Prevention Strategy And Baseline Testing
  • Sideline Evaluation And Intervention
  • Clinic Evaluation And Management
  • Return To Learn Protocol And Therapeutic Intervention
  • Return To Play Protocol
  • Risk Assessment For The Appropriate Level Of Play

In addition to the Concussion Management and Prevention services that we provide, the staff of professionals at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center are also here to assist you with numerous Primary Care needs, Occupational Medicine for employers, and also with the management of your medicine and immunizations before you travel outside the country.

You are also encouraged you to contact us by using our Rapid Med On Demand service. We will deliver the same great service that you have will receive at either of our locations but with the convenience of simply using your phone, tablet, or computer.

Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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